Verdi Fire Sunday Morning Update

By: James Steiner & Pat Hambright
By: James Steiner & Pat Hambright

Fire officials are reporting progress in their battle against a wildfire that narrowly missed an upscale subdivision in the Sierra foothills just west of Reno.
Officials say calmer winds and an all-out air attack allowed
crews to gain ground Saturday after the fire had threatened about 50
homes in the Somersett development. No houses were damaged, but
flames came within 100 feet of some homes yesterday.
The fire was 70 percent contained after dashing across more than
nine square miles, or 58-hundred-41 acres, and full containment is
expected by tomorrow night. It has largely burned on U-S Forest
Service land, but edged across Reno city lines.
Officials say the blaze damaged a barn, fences and utility
poles.
Gusts up to 25 miles per hour fanned flames quickly after the
brush fire broke out yesterday afternoon near the small community
of Verdi just east of the California line. About 800 homes are in
the area.
Five air tankers and three helicopters assisted about 400
firefighters on the ground.


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